Newsroom: August 2018

Before we begin, a programming note:
The new format has failed in one major respect; the newsrooms have become filler.

In addition, other projects have taken priority outside of the Run, all of which involve considerably more effort.

The Run will now move to a once-monthly schedule. I simply don’t have the time or energy to write both a newsroom update, and a longer-form article. From here on, the Run the will update on a monthly basis.

This week, so-called “red flag laws” lead to hundreds of confiscations, Texas floats the idea of renaming Austin, and the economy is booming.
1.) Red Flag Laws. The new craze in gun control is the idea of so-called “red flag laws.” Red flag laws are largely an extension of the so-called “gun violence restraining order,” although now it is basically to remove firearms from anyone considered a risk. It passed in Florida shortly after Parkland, and apparently has resulted in upwards of 450 confiscations. Weapons seized under “red flag laws” can be kept from the target for up to a year. The only option for the target is to fight to get the firearms back in court. Attorney Kendra Parris told ” “These are individuals who are often exercising their first amendment rights online, who are protecting constitutionally protected speech online. Maybe it was odious, maybe people didn’t like it but they were hit with the risk protection order because of it.”

2.) Austin. So apparently the outrage over Confederate historical figures is back. A report in Texas has suggested renaming the state’s capital. The capital is named after Stephen Austin, who helped lay down what Texas’ borders are, but also opposed efforts to end slavery. As the Statesman writes

He also opposed an attempt by Mexico to ban slavery in the province of Tejas and said if slaves were freed, they would turn into “vagabonds, a nuisance and a menace.”

So, apparently, for that reason, the city needs to be renamed.

3.) 4%. Gotta say, Trump’s economic policy is working. During the election, 4% GDP was laughed at, and yet, we now have news that the US economy grew 4% GDP in the second quarter. This in addition to the tax cuts we saw earlier in the year. Democrats are going to have a fairly tough time running on the economy if this keeps up.

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